Letter – Nicholas Walton to Robert Hornsby – 12 May 1774

Document Type: Letter
Date: 12 May 1774
Correspondent: Nicholas Walton
Recipient: Robert Hornsby
Archive Source: TNA ADM 66 96
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Messrs Walton & Smeaton present their compliments to Mr Hornsby and in answer to his application to Mr Walton now take the opportunity of informing him that they understand his circumstances are such as very much to set him above the sphere of life as a common Refiner; and tho Mr Hornsby’s views of Industry are in themselves laudable, yet as the person that serves Greenwich Hospital in this way must necessarily be under a kind of subjection and restraint, which they cannot expect from a man of fortune, it is impossible for them to think of employing him in such a service; and doubt not but Mr Hornsby on further reflection will see that they have determined in this matter in such a way as will best suit both himself and them.

	Langley Mill 12th May 1774
Possibly to be identified with the man named as a landholder at Catton in Allendale under the planned enclosure of the common there in 1793.

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